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Click on a consortium name to view a description of that consortium and to access links that will take you to its homepage, supported standards and (if available) its IPR policy.


ACLASS (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board)
Provides accreditation and training to testing and calibration labs, inspection and certification bodies, reference material producers, and proficiency test providers

ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics (SCDI)
Develops informatics standards and technical reports to assist the dental profession

ANAB (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board)
Provides accreditation to ISO/IEC 17021 certification bodies

Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)
Promotes the understanding and beneficial use of medical instrumentation

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Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal
Develops and promotes methods of disposal of hazardous waste

BioIT Alliance
Develops standards and technologies to enable information communication in the medical field

Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN)
Promotes biomedical research through data sharing and online collaboration (U.S.)

Blockchain in Healthcare Global (BiHG)
Promotes the need for standards and certification within the blockchain healthcare ecosystem

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Developed and promoted interoperable eHealth services *Dissolved in 2011

Cancer Genomics Consortium (CGC)
Promotes communication and collaboration in the cancer genetics research community *Formerly the Cancer Cytogenomics Microarray Consortium (CCMC)

Care Connectivity Consortium
Develops a single stream of electronic health records (U.S.)

Develops and promotes a standards-based machine readable model to facilitate vocabulary interoperability in the health science industry

Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI)
Promotes clinical and laboratory standards to improve the quality of medical care

Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC)
Develops electronic standards for medical and biopharmaceutical development

Clinical Genome Resource
Promotes the advancement of clinical cytogenetics and molecular genetics laboratories

Coalition for Healthcare eStandards Inc. (CHeS)
Promoted standards for health care supply chain transactions over the Internet *Dissolved in 2008 and transferred all assets to the Health Industry Group Purchasing Association (HIGPA)

Collaborative Health Consortium (CHC)
Promotes the development and deployment of health information technology (HIT) platforms

CommonWell Health Alliance
Develops and promotes interoperability in the health care industry

Compliance Consortium Corporation
Maintains a program to assist organizations and governmental agencies with their federally mandated anti-drug and alcohol misuse programs (U.S.)

Continua Health Alliance
Develops and promotes advancing the quality of personal healthcare

Cytel Dose-Finding Consortium
Developed modeling and simulation software technology for the design and implementation of dose-finding studies *Inactive

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Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM)
Promotes digital medical imaging

Dossia Consortium
Promotes the improvement of employee health and healthcare using personal health care record services

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eHealth Initiative
Promotes the use of information technology in the healthcare industry

EHR / HIE Interoperability Workgroup
Develops and promotes the adoption of EHR and HIE services

Electronic Health Records Association (EHR)
Promotes improvement of the quality of patient care and the health care system (U.S.)

Developed and promotes interoperability between electronic health record systems (Europe) *Ended in 2014

EUROREC Institute (EuroRec)
Develops and promotes the use of high-quality Electronic Health Record systems (EHRs)(Europe)

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Global Alliance for Genomics and Health
Promotes the sharing of genomic and clinical data

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Health Care Administrative Technology Association
Promotes the success of the administrative dimension of healthcare and practice management vendors that provide healthcare administrative solutions

Health Industry Business Communications Council (HIBCC)
Promotes electronic communications through the development of standards for information exchange among all health care trading partners

Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP)
Develops and promotes standards for interoperability in healthcare (U.S.)

Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST)
Develops and promotes the adoption of health information systems and exchanges

Health Level Seven (HL7)
Develops healthcare standards

Health Product Declaration (HPD) Forum
Develops and promotes the HPD Open Standard related to individual building products and materials

Healthcare Delivery Innovation Alliance (HDIA)
Developed and promoted healthcare delivery system standards *Inactive

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
Promotes use of healthcare information technology and management systems

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ICE Alliance
Promotes the development and market acceptance of global healthcare/eHealth industry initiatives and work products that promote clinical environments that are safe, secure, and interoperable

Identity Defined Security Alliance
Promotes the adoption of an identity centric approach to security, intended to provide real time, intelligence-based access to data and applications by integrating Identity and Access Management (IAM) infrastructure with enterprise cyber secu

Independent Association of Accredited Registers (IAAR)
Promotes accredited management system assessment by acting as a resource for organizations developing management assessment based programs

Integrating Healthcare Enterprise (IHE)
Develops and promotes access to comprehensive electronic health records (EHRs)

International Communications Association (ICA)
Promotes the scholarly study of human communication in academic research worldwide

International Council for Commonality in Blood Banking Automation (ICCBBA)
Develops international standards for transfusion medicine and transplantation for electronic data interchange protocols

International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO)
Develops and promotes the rights to SNOMED CT and other health terminologies and related standards

Interoperable Informatics Infrastructure Consortium (I3C)
Developed and promoted informatics solutions for life science products *Dissolved in 2012

IQ Consortium
Promotes research and development of science and technology solutions that benefit patients, regulators and the broader R&D community

IVD Industry Connectivity Consortium
Develops and encourages adoption of a unified connectivity standard for data exchange between IVD devices and healthcare informatics in clinical laboratories

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Joint Initiative Council
Promotes the development of health information standards

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Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC)
Promotes the exchange and pooling of clinical results for clinical care

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MB Project
Promoted medical data banking through internal research and cross-industry outreach forums *Dissolved and transferred operations to HIMSS in 2009

Develops and promotes technology standards for the health professions

Medical Alert Monitoring Association (MAMA)
Promotes the needs of the medical alert monitoring and personal emergency response services industry

Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC)
Develops and promotes medical device regulatory science

Medical Device Innovation, Safety and Security Consortium (MDISS)
Promotes computer risk management practices for availability of innovative and safe medical devices

Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA)
Promotes education and develops technologies to change regulation of Protected Health Information (PHI)

Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA)
Develops and promotes medical imaging and radiation therapy industry positions in technical, trade, and other issues

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National Council for Prescription Drug Programs, Inc. (NCPDP)
Develops standards within the pharmacy services sector of the health care industry (U.S.)

NSF International
Promotes public health and safety-related information and certification and develops food and water industry standards

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Promotes sharing and computable information using ICT in healthcare, medical research and related industries

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Personal Connected Health Alliance
Promotes plug-and-play personal health technologies

Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement
Promotes evidence-based performance measures in the healthcare industry (U.S.)

Public Health Data Standards Consortium (PHDSC)
Develops and promotes health information technology standards to empower healthcare and public health communities and improve individual and community health (U.S.)

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Promotes security and develops processes to strengthen the integrity of the healthcare supply chain

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Safe Biopharma
Develops digital identity and signature standards for the biorpharmaceutical industry

Safety Equipment Institute (SEI)
Promotes public safety through certification and testing of safety and protective products used occupationally and recreationally

Develops a scalable and sustainable pan-European organizational and governance process for the semantic interoperability of clinical and biomedical knowledge (Europe)

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The Open Group Healthcare Forum
Develops and promotes a standard for the development of a reference architecture for healthcare companies

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Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA)
Promotes advancing digital, wireless and connected health technologies *In 2016, merged with Personal Connected Health Alliance

Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI)
Promotes the adoption of e-Commerce in the healthcare industry (U.S.)

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Develops guidelines to promote the safety and effectiveness of mobile health applications

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